Meetings end, dealing not done
A lot’s in yesterday’s “Thursday’s Moves-a-go-go” comments. Some big notes:
– Manny Ramirez didn’t get moved. He wasn’t even the subject of much discussion.
– Zito and Abreu didn’t get traded either.
– Miguel Tejeda wanting out of Baltimore sets up some interesting possibilities (but not the M’s).
– Millwood’s hanging out
– There are a huge number of free agents still available
Mariners officials left here Thursday afternoon without Kevin Millwood or Matt Morris, without Carl Everett or Jacque Jones, and without dividends from a proposed three-deal domino that could have remade the roster.
BaseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winter meetings closed Thursday, but the work is just beginning for the Seattle Mariners and general manager Bill Bavasi.
In looming horrible signing news, Carl Everett’s in the PI
While multiple sources insist Seattle is nearing a deal with Everett — negotiations with the free-agent outfielder are likely to converge on a one-year deal worth about $4 million, with a possible mutual option for 2007
Larry Stone in the Times says that it’s down to Everett’s “soul-searching” (that’s not a joke) over whether he wants to play here.
It’s horrible here. We’re all heathen gay paleontologists. Millions of us. Stay away.
Stone also, finally, raises the child abuse issue (and gives it a full, fact-y paragraph). He does, however, say that charges were dropped which is not true — [edit: my opinion on this is dealt with at length here]
John McGrath in the TNT is the other writer to mention Carl Everett’s child abuse past as part of a little bit where he goes through some of Everett’s history and tries to make it funny.
I don’t understand why, given Everett’s long rap sheet of fights with teammates, umpires, coaches, acting the goat on the field, and making some strange comments about evolution and some bigoted comments about gay people that it’s the comments that have gotten almost all the play so far. Why did it take this long, with Everett all but signed according to these guys, before they print this stuff?
Are the writers afraid if they bring up the really explosive charges and Everett’s long history of fighting that if Everett signs they’ll have a hard time dealing with him? Is the team twisting their arm to make a move more palatable? What makes a nutty belief about dinosaurs more important than the long list of teams that have tossed him out because he wore them out? All the teammates who are divided between “Carl’s an affectionate and funny guy” and “If I ever have to play with him again I’m going to throw myself off the team charter when we’re over the heartland and find some semi-pro team to play with”?